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Teacher, LGBT Partner Are ‘Anti-Christian Bigots’ for Banning Cross Necklaces

'Parents have got to fight this,' said LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham on her radio program

A lesbian teacher in Tampa, Florida, allegedly told at least three of her students to take off the cross necklaces they were wearing while in her ninth-grade classroom.

Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, has apparently promoted an LGBT agenda in her school. She even displayed political-activist material in the classroom, including a button that says, “I love my LGBT students.”

“At the beginning of the semester, Ms. Riedas placed LGBT rainbow stickers on students’ classroom folders without their consent, which were there one day when the students arrived,” according to a letter from Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom and the family.

The teacher and her partner are “anti-Christian bigots,” LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham said on her radio show Monday, during an interview with Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“Parents have got to stand up and fight against this,” Ingraham added. “Otherwise you’re going to lose your kids and your schools.”

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Liberty Counsel represents a ninth-grade student at Riverview High School. The student wore a tiny crucifix, less than one inch long, to school.

“I need you to take your necklace off,” Riedas allegedly said to a student.

“Our client did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith,” states a demand letter sent to the Hillsborough County Public Schools superintendent from Liberty Counsel on behalf of parents of children in Riedas’ classroom.

The teacher claimed the cross necklaces worn by the students were “gang symbols,” according to Liberty Counsel.

Here’s an interesting tidbit about the teacher’s lesbian partner (who is also a teacher at the same school): “For spirit day, she came dressed as a Catholic nun,” said Staver on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” And that nun’s outfit came complete with a cross necklace, Staver noted.

Related: Christian Teacher Banned from Wearing Cross Necklace in Germany

The teacher has a “political agenda, and she’s bullying the students,” Staver also said.

The situation does not add up at all — and all parents across the country need to understand what is at work.

“It is inappropriate that Lora Jane Riedas [the teacher] would advocate for [the] rights of a particular group, yet ask religious students to remove symbols of their faith,” wrote Angelina Newsom, a U.S. Army veteran, in a piece on this topic. “There are most likely more than a few students whose beliefs don’t run parallel to her own, yet they are subjected to the blatant agenda-pushing displays and discussions that Riedas has created in her classroom.”

“If this teacher can’t accept that the classroom isn’t a place for her activism, she needs to go,” Newsom also said. “The issues she has been pushing have nothing to do with math.”

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